Distinguished SOTW Member, Forum Contributor 2016
Yeah, it's pretty suspect, really. I mean, it isn't even like you could say 'this modern asian neck will work on this modern asian model'.Correct me if I'm wrong, but, how can a company make a neck and market it for several different makes/models of horns? From what I gather, they basically say "Adjust the tenon to fit your horn and off you go!"
I was under the impression that different sax makes/models have slightly different lengths/curves etc... things I would think could affect tuning and what not?
Is it as simple as "adjust the tenon and go"?
I recently discovered this with a Vito YTS-23. I bought one neckless...didn't have a Yama neck here to determine its natural pitch...but had 3 different "eBay Special" chinese necks lying around, all with slightly different specifications.
I figured ONE would work well...but alas, none actually did. They would intone decently in the middle register area but would either go out high or low....
Interestingly, however, later Vito Taiwan necks work great on YAS and YTS 21/23's....although the body specs of the models aren't the same.
Obviously there are necks available (ostensibly) for particular models...modern replacements for Selmer, France horns for example...and I am not talking custom-made; am talking somewhat mass-produced....
So basically, it's BS. For the most part a crap-shoot. The notion that a new neck will work on a variety of horns just isn't accurate....unless the company literally lists the horns it will work on, in which case that list wouldn't be particularly long...but may in fact have the horn on it you seek.
My buddy (no not really.... but I love this vid and it has NEVER steered me wrong):
...also 'adjust the tenon and go'....:|...maybeeeee....a tenon has to be within around .25mm max of the recipient body's receiver diameter. If it's off by more than that, no compressing nor expanding will get that neck to fit right.
So if your receiver is 28.2mm....you have to find a replacement neck with a tenon of 27.95-28.45...or you'd have to have a tech replace the tenon on the replacement neck....